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The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. The BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
Program: The Pegmatite Quarries of Greenwood, ME
Speaker: Dr. Carl Francis
The October meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will take place on Tuesday, October 4th. Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Carl Francis. Carl retired in 2011 after thirty-four years as curator of the Harvard University Mineralogical Museum. He is currently curator for the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, a new museum in Bethel, Maine expected to open in the spring of 2017. Carl also is a past president of the Boston Mineral Club and has the distinction of being one of the two BMC members currently voted to the position of Honorary Member for his contributions to mineralogy.
Carl’s presentation deals with the pegmatite quarries of Greenwood, Maine. He has provided the following overview:
“Greenwood, Maine celebrated its bicentennial in August of this year. The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum supported that anniversary by mounting a special exhibit in its preview gallery (which runs through Thanksgiving) and by presenting talks on Greenwood's numerous pegmatite quarries. The oldest and most famous is the Harvard Quarry on Noyes Mountain. It is significant for its quartz pseudomorphs after pollucite and after a mineral which has never been identified. It is famous for purple fluorapatite. The Tamminen and Waisanen quarries were developed in the early 1930s on nearby farms. Both have been good specimen producers but of somewhat different suites of minerals. The same can be said for the Nubble quarry which was also on the Waisanen farm. Mineral rights to some of these quarries were acquired by Stanley Perham and inherited by his son, Frank. So collectors have had access to them for decades. Another important specimen-producing pegmatite is the Emmons Quarry on the south side of Uncle Tom Mountain. The development of Greenwood's pegmatites will be put in an historical context and their mineral described briefly.”
To complement the presentation, BMC members are encouraged to bring in one or two of their favorite specimens from any of the quarries in Greenwood, ME. The club’s display cabinet will be available to display your specimens. In addition, this October represents the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Boston Mineral Club, and we will have some special refreshments available to celebrate the occasion. Although we have recently had problems accessing the Mineral Museum due to a requirement for card access to operate the elevator to the museum we will try again to arrange for Museum access starting at 6:30 PM. Please plan to arrive by 7:00 PM to socialize and set up any specimens you have brought in to display for all to see. We will start the brief business portion of the meeting at 7:30 PM and move quickly to the evening’s presentation. The meeting will conclude with our traditional mineral specimen raffle.
This fall we are asking those who plan to donate good quality voice auction specimens for our 2017 Auction on Saturday, 21 January to bring their donations into our October, November or December meetings. This allows us to photograph them for the club website and include them in our auction catalog. An Auction Committee member will be available at this meeting to accept your donations and give you a receipt.
This will be another great meeting. Please plan to attend and invite some friends to come with you. I hope to see you there!
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